Nov 3, 2022
The baseball sitting on a concrete post in the bowels of Citizens Bank Park is heading to Cooperstown, along with a rosin bag and the scorebook kept by FOX broadcaster John Smoltz during Game 4 of the World Series. The scorebook shows that on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the Phillies did not record a single hit as the Astros won 5-0. The baseball contains five signatures: Houston Astros catcher Christian Vázquez, relievers Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly, and the man who originally threw it: Cristian Javier, whose name is right under the World Series logo. Together, they threw the first combined no-hitter in postseason history — the second no-hitter ever in the World Series, third ever in the postseason.
When you put it like that, how could it be anything other than shocking? Practically a once-in-a-lifetime event. But insofar as these things ever do — and all no-hitters are a little bit fluky — it actually sorta makes sense. Or at least, the name on the front of the baseball does.
Source: Yahoo Sports